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  • Annual spending for cancer treatment in the U.S. is set to reach $184 billion by 2020. The large and growing bill has raised concerns that fee-for-service payments for oncology are promoting over-treatment and use of more expensive drugs irrespective of patient benefit. 

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  • Drug abuse during pregnancy is a growing problem, evidenced by the three-fold increase in newborns diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) between 2000 and 2009. Infants with NAS can suffer violent withdrawal symptoms that result in traumatic and costly NICU stays.

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  • With the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse and related increase in heroin dependence, the health system is facing an alarming rise in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). NAS afflicts newborns exposed to drugs, most commonly opioids, while in utero.

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NIHCM Foundation and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) co-hosted the second in a series of Leadership Dialogues on health information technology on April 5, 2005. The focus of the dialogue was the critical topic of how HIT adoption affects workflow in small physician practices, and included...

 presentations by Dr. Carolyn Clancy, director of AHRQ and Dr. David Brailer, the National HIT Coordinator. NIHCM Foundation prepared a Question & Answer Brief, Health IT and Workflow in Small Physicians' Practices, in preparation for the dialogue. Press coverage of the dialogue included the following publications: iHealthbeat, Federal Telemedicine Update, Healthcare IT News and Medicine and Health.

 
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